It’s been a turbulent few years for Sony. After a couple of decades of consumer electronics dominance, many of their traditional markets simply changed overnight and the company was slow to keep -up. Firstly consumers switched from buying and playing their music on CDs to downloading or streaming. Then on the TV front, a division that was historically considered an industry benchmark was overtaken by faster innovation from competitors.
Meanwhile the company’s mobile phone partnership with Ericsson and focus on Symbian UIQ began to falter in the face of the iPhone and Android onslaught. As the general impression of decline increased it’s no surprise that many started to wonder whether Sony could ever recover it’s halo as the consumer tech industry’s leader.
Recently there have been some promising signs of recovery. Sony’s TV division, while still loss-making, is finally turning-out products that can compete with the likes of Samsung. Sony’s cameras are now considered to be up there with the best, and the company’s Blu-ray players, home cinema and laptops are similarly well-regarded. The Sony Playstation brand remains powerful globally, and the company’s film and music divisions control some of the most sought-after content around.
Imagine if Sony could start combining all of that innovation and expertise into a single consumer platform, coupled with some great mobile hardware?
Bring on the Sony Xperia Z smartphone – and the Xperia Tablet Z. This time it looks like they may have hit a winning formula. Read More
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has acquired privately-held ALK Technologies Inc. of Princeton, NJ, a global leader in routing, mapping, mileage and navigation technologies. ALK Technologies offers proprietary routing and international map-based solutions for transportation, logistics and mobile workforces. The addition of ALK® is expected to extend and complement Trimble’s Transportation and Logistics product portfolio, including TMW Systems’ transportation management solutions, PeopleNet’s integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems and GEOTrac’s fleet management and worker safety solutions for the oil and gas industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“This is a significant milestone in ALK’s long history in transportation,” said Barry Glick, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ALK Technologies, who will continue to lead the organization. “We are excited to join our well-known and respected partner TMW Systems under the global umbrella of Trimble. These organizations share our passion and vision for how location information can transform business and productivity.”
Read the full press release here.
The festive season approaches, and here’s an early present from our fantastic developer team to keep you ahead of the Christmas rush.
Introducing our latest free app update – CoPilot Live Premium version 9.4 – which brings integrated Yelp, improved ActiveTraffic™ service and a variety of additional app-wide refinements based on the incredible feedback we receive from the CoPilot community.
With integrated Yelp, you can easily use your CoPilot to find local businesses that have been reviewed and rated by the Yelp community, helping you find the best restaurants, cafes, or shops for that emergency last minute gift! Once you’ve chosen your destination, CoPilot will take you there with detailed voice instructions and clear 3D maps all the way.
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It’s the same problem every year: what makes a good present … and time’s running out!
Perhaps we can help. CoPilot sat nav is the perfect gift for the iPhone, iPad or Android owners in your life. It’s a genuinely useful present that will give them a lifetime of advanced turn-by-turn sat nav on their phone or tablet. And starting at around £25 for UK – or £35 for the whole of Europe – it’s almost in stocking filler territory: cheaper than a scarf, and more imaginative than a jumper.
Gifting a CoPilot app is simple.
You can gift CoPilot straight from iTunes or buy it for Android from the CoPilot web site.
For iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini owners:
You can gift CoPilot app directly through iTunes – all you need is their email address!
App Store (via iPhone/iPad):
- Find the required CoPilot app on the App Store
- Click to expand more app details
- Click “gift this app” at the bottom of the screen Read More
A few weeks ago we updated our free Android and iOS CoPilot GPS apps to version 9.3 with updated maps and a variety of improvements based on user feedback. Now we are proud to announce that the app has been downloaded 2 million times since launching in May. It just goes to show how popular a free on-board/offline mapping app can be.
We are excited to see how popular CoPilot GPS has been for new-to-CoPilot smartphone and tablet users worldwide – including in some emerging markets for CoPilot like Brazil (count me in for road-testing duties!). We’re also delighted that so many of our CoPilot Live v8 customers have installed the app and activated full-featured navigation in-app for free (here is how if you haven’t done it already).
To celebrate this milestone, and for a limited time only, we are offering some great discounts on in-app upgrades in CoPilot GPS, with up to 50% off turn by turn 3D navigation and extra map regions. So whether you are a free user who’d like to get the full voice-guided CoPilot sat nav experience, or an existing customer who needs maps of Europe, Australasia or elsewhere, there’s never been a better time to upgrade! Read More
With the clocks having changed, frost in Hyde Park and first snow on the ground in Scotland, it really feels as though we are heading into winter. For many of us, this means driving to and from work in darkness and on foggy, icy roads.
A recent study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents found more than 3,000 miles of motorways and trunk roads are in darkness during the evening and 70 %t of the motorway network is not lit at night - this is a concern as they also reported that twice as many crashes on motorways are fatal where there are no street lights.
The reasons behind organisations such as the Highways Agency reducing lighting include environmental as well as economic factors, however driver safety should also be an important factor affecting the decisions. Our own research has found that we are a nation of rather cautious drivers, with over half of British drivers avoiding roads in the dark. Based on the results of the YouGov survey, driving safely in the dark is a concern for most drivers, with 58 % of respondents feeling least safe on rural roads at night. Over half (55 %) say they are less likely to use short cuts in the dark and prefer to stick to well-lit main roads. Read More